PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A teenage boy was shot and killed in a robbery near the Temple University campus early Tuesday morning. The shooting prompted campus security to send an alert to all students.
The victim was pronounced dead shortly after 4 a.m., police said. Police are currently looking for the suspects.
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Temple University alerted students on social media to avoid the 1700 Cecil B Moore Ave area due to a shooting that occurred just before 2:30 a.m.
TUAlert: Shot reported at 1700, avenue Cecil B Moore. Be careful. Avoid the area. The police respond.
– Temple University (@TempleUniv) November 16, 2021
Eyewitness News arrived at the scene shortly after.
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Officials told Eyewitness News that an 18-year-old boy was walking down the street with his 17-year-old girlfriend when two men, one of whom had a handgun, attempted to rob them.
Police say they were pushed against the wall as one of the suspects searched the girl’s pockets and took her cell phone. Then one of the shooters shot the 18-year-old boy, hitting him in the chest.
âWhen police arrived, they found an 18-year-old man lying on the sidewalk,â Chief Inspector Scott Small said. âHe was shot in the chest. He was completely unresponsive. Police rushed him to Temple Hospital where he never regained consciousness. He is in extremely critical condition.
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The only witness the police have at the moment is the girlfriend, who is talking to them. Police also said they found no shell casings at the scene, leading them to believe the suspects used a gun.